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The Checklist Manifesto Audiobook

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.
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The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.

©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Gerome 06-26-15
    Gerome 06-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    I highly recommend this book. The message is excellent and much needed Get it.

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    Brady Reed 06-23-15
    Brady Reed 06-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly useful- highly recommend"

    I believed checklists were useful before but this shows there is more than meets the eye.

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    Dee Woodhead 06-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "We all could benefit from checklists!!!"

    Another very insightful offering from Atul Gawande. Read this and see why every hospital should be using checklists!!!

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    Mark R 06-15-15
    Mark R 06-15-15

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    "Entertaining and informative"

    This was a very entertaining and informative book. The narrator does a very good job with a very authoritative voice. I found the information to be extremely helpful with plenty of examples to illustrate the points.

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    Marco2068 06-05-15
    Marco2068 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too long."

    It's a great concept, but the author goes onto way too much detail into the medical procedures and other examples of checklist. I'm certainly glad I listen to it, instead of read it.

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    Pranav Aurora 04-28-15
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    "Solid read"

    Well-written and filled with great stories as is usual to expect in Gawande's writing. Particularly enjoyed his use of examples in and out of the medical field. Only con is that while it's obvious the entire book is about checklists, after a while it started to feel a little redundant. Nonetheless a worthwhile read for anyone interested in learning more about the challenges of delivering safe and high quality health care.

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    Thaddaeus Moody Springfield, MO USA 04-21-15
    Thaddaeus Moody Springfield, MO USA 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    This is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time. I have worked for many years in heavy industry and I was floored that I had never understood nor utilized checklists for dangerous situations. That will be changing in the near future. Dr Gawande's story was as gripping as it was useful. Get this book.

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    Peter Urbain Western Springs, IL United States 04-18-15
    Peter Urbain Western Springs, IL United States 04-18-15
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    "Every clinician should listen to or read this."

    Given incredible, and increasing, complexity of healthcare procedures and the dynamic healthcare workforce, we need to learn how to check ego at the door and do what's right for the patient. I salute Canadians those who participated in writing this book and telling their story for admitting there fallibility and for finding a way to do the right thing.

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    John Funatake Portland, OR 04-13-15
    John Funatake Portland, OR 04-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Powerful idea behind a simple checklist"

    Great examples combined with practical ideas on implementing. I've been developing checklists for my team and this is just what I needed to improve them

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    Matt Lathrop 04-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "take the risk out of complex tasks."

    The title is very straightforward. The book describes the reasons for checklists, the applications of checklist and the benefits for using them. If your job has any complexity, you should read this book.

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